Let's Get Moving Vancouver! Vision's plan for Vancouver transit

This past spring, Metro Vancouver Mayors achieved a significant milestone when, after years of advocacy, they announced a partnership with the BC Government to ensure the region’s 10-year Transit and Transportation Plan is fully funded.

Vision Vancouver’s right-wing detractors in the NPA and other parties said trying for transit was hopeless. They said Vision should give up. But we never gave up. We fought for transit. Thanks to that work, and thanks to the support of thousands upon thousands of ordinary people who want Vancouver to be the greenest city, the Broadway Subway is being built out to Arbutus. This is an historic achievement - it’s the biggest transit investment in BC’s history.  

The transit challenge now is this: We need to start thinking about what’s next.

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Vision Vancouver Fields Largest Progressive Team in Vancouver Local Election

Party Will Not Field Mayoral Candidate, Pledges Progressive Cooperation, Considering Options Including Endorsement

Vision Vancouver today unveiled the largest progressive team of candidates for Vancouver City Council, School Board and Park Board.

“After considering all the options, and listening carefully to party members and progressive voters, Vision Vancouver has decided we will not field a mayoral candidate. This was a difficult decision, because we believe our chances would have been very good, but we believe this decision is the right decision for our city,” said Ange Valentini.

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Vision Vancouver nominates candidates for Council, Park and School Board

New team will be bold and fight for an inclusive city, says Mayoral Candidate Campbell

Vancouver–Vision Vancouver members have selected new candidates for Council, Park and School Board, who will join Vision Mayoral Candidate Ian Campbell on the election ticket this October.

"I'm proud to lead a new Vision team that is progressive, diverse, and represents our growing and changing city," said Ian Campbell, Vision's Mayoral Candidate. "This election is a critical choice for the future of Vancouver. Do we choose to be bold and fight for an inclusive city, and stay committed to the Empty Homes Tax, the Broadway Subway, and strong action on the opioid crisis? Or do we let the NPA take us backwards – ignoring the toughest social challenges facing our residents including housing, transit, and the overdose crisis? That's what Vancouver voters will have to decide on October 20th."

Vision members cast a ballot today to select the new, progressive Vision team for the 2018 election. Advance voting was also held on July 4 for members.

For Council, the four new candidates who will join incumbent Councillor Heather Deal in this election are:

Diego Cardona: A social justice advocate, Diego is active in a variety of organizations including Fresh Voices, which aims to make BC and Canada a better place for immigrant and refugee youth; most recently he was Programs Coordinator for Kiwassa Neighbourhood House.

Catherine Evans: A current Park Board Commissioner and community advocate, Catherine has been a past Vancouver Library Board chair, business owner, and lawyer, and is passionate about equality, the environment, and inclusive, accessible public spaces.

Tanya Paz: A leader in active transportation, car sharing, sustainability, and community planning — she's also a proud #WestEndYVR resident and advocate for safer streets, better transit, and building our green economy.

Wei Qiao Zhang: A former athlete, talk show host, community leader, and assistant to Vancouver Member of Parliament, with the skills and track record to shape the future and better the lives of Vancouverites.

Vision Vancouver members nominated two candidates for Park Board: 

Shamim Shivji: Lawyer, mediator and former president of West Point Grey Community Association who is dedicated to meaningful community engagement.

Cameron Zubko: Metis business owner with 20 years of experience building partnerships and infrastructure across the country, and who also serves on the City of Vancouver’s Urban Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Committee where he works with city councillors to advise city policy.

Vision has also acclaimed the following two candidates for School Board, who will join incumbent Allan Wong on the ballot in October:

Aaron Leung: A public education advocate, an engaged resident of Champlain Heights and a locally and nationally recognized leader for his work supporting students on sustainability-related issues at the Vancouver School Board, which included co-founding the VSB Sustainability Conference.

Erin Arnold: A parent and an experienced professional in counselling, victim services, and facilitation, and who is familiar with government policy and process after working within multiple provincial government ministries.

You can learn more about all the Vision candidates by reading their online profiles here.

"I'm looking forward to a spirited election campaign this fall," added Campbell. "Vision will be putting forward a bold, progressive plan for the future of our city and we will be working hard to rally all progressive voters around a shared vision for Vancouver. There is too much at stake for our city to risk the NPA winning in October."

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Note: event photos available upon request

Media contact: Bevin Middleton at bevin.middleton [at] votevision.ca

 

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Vision Vancouver announces candidates seeking nomination for Park Board

On July 8, Vision Vancouver members select two candidates for Park Board to represent Vision on the election ballot this October.

Last week, Vision announced eight Council nomination candidates representing a broad range of ages, ethnicities, professional experience and political backgrounds within Vancouver.

“The race to join the Vision team is really heating up,” said Vision Co-Chair Michael Haack. “We’re so excited to have such a diverse, talented team stepping forward to run with Vision Vancouver this October. “With Ian Campbell as our mayoral candidate, we are presenting a new and exciting Vision team to Vancouver voters - a team is putting forward new ideas and a progressive agenda this fall.”

The three candidates seeking Vision’s nomination for Park Board are:

  • Cole Rheaume: Has owned a Vancouver-based consulting business for over 15 years where, as a sustainability consultant and facilitator, he’s played a role in developing many programs and policy initiatives. Cole sees running for the Park Board as a natural next step in a lifetime of community activism. He’ll be bringing with him both a passion to encourage City Hall’s new Indigenous reconciliation agenda and the well-being of all Vancouver residents.

  • Shamim Shivji: lawyer, mediator and former president of West Point Grey Community Association. Shamim is dedicated to meaningful community engagement and wants to continue to work to meet community needs for access to parks and recreation facilities as a Park Board Commissioner.

  • Cameron Zubko: Metis business owner with 20 years of experience building partnerships and infrastructure across the country. He serves on the City’s Urban Indigenous People’s Advisory Committee where he works with city councilors to advise city policy. Cameron is committed to provide leadership and meaningful dialogue on today’s issues and to build safe, inclusive community spaces for Vancouver.

The nomination vote for Vision Vancouver’s candidates for City Council and Park Board will take place on Sunday, July 8 at Creekside Community Centre from 10 am to 6 pm.  

Profiles of all of the candidates seeking nomination to run on Campbell’s slate are online at  http://www.votevision.ca/meet_your_vision_nomination_candidates

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For media: Ange Valentini || ange.valentini [at] votevision.ca

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Vision Vancouver race heats up with 8 candidates seeking Council nomination

With Squamish Chief Ian Campbell selected as Vision Vancouver’s Mayoral candidate, the race to be a part of his City Council team is heating up. On July 8th, Vision Vancouver members will choose from eight candidates who are seeking four available spots on the Vision Council slate, joining Vision Councillor Heather Deal on the election ballot this October.

The eight Council candidates for Vision represent the diversity of Vancouver, reflecting different ages, ethnicities, professional experience and political backgrounds within the city. With eight people stepping forward, Vision Vancouver has the largest council nomination race of the year, with the most people interested in seeking an endorsement of any civic party in Vancouver.

“We are very excited about the diverse, talented team stepping forward to run with Vision Vancouver this October,” said Vision Co-Chair Michael Haack. “With Ian Campbell as our Mayoral candidate, we are presenting a new Vision team to Vancouver voters - a team that will put forward new ideas for a progressive agenda this fall. On July 8th, Vision members will have the chance to choose the team running with Ian Campbell this October.”

Vancouver residents can still take out a Vision membership up until June 23rd to vote in the July 8th nomination. The eight candidates seeking Vision’s nomination for Council are:

Diego Cardona: a social justice advocate, Diego is active in a variety of organizations including Fresh Voices, which aims to make BC and Canada a better place for immigrant and refugee youth; most recently he was Programs Coordinator for Kiwassa Neighbourhood House.

Ken Clement: A Vancouver resident for more than 30 years and of Ktunaxa First Nation ancestry, Ken is Vancouver’s first-ever aboriginal school trustee and the CEO of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network.

Coco Culbertson: a harm reduction champion and community leader in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for more than 15 years, Coco is a Senior Manager at the Portland Hotel Society, where she has been focused on fostering employment, combating the opioid crisis, and creating innovative social housing strategies.

Catherine Evans: A current Park Board Commissioner and community advocate, Catherine has been a past Vancouver Library Board chair, business owner, and lawyer, and is passionate about equality, the environment, and inclusive, accessible public spaces.

Tanya Paz is a leader in active transportation, car sharing, sustainability, and community planning — she's also a proud #WestEndYVR resident and advocate for safer streets, better transit, and building our green economy.

Michael Samson: successful business leader and founder of both non-profit organization Ripple Effect Society, plus Founder & President of INSPIRE CANADA.

Margot Sangster: experienced public health professional currently working in residential addictions treatment and previously worked with Vancouver Coastal Health programs in cross-cultural mental health and criminal justice diversion.  


Wei Qiao Zhang: a former athlete, talk show host, community leader, and assistant to Vancouver Member of Parliament, with the skills and track record to shape the future and better the lives of Vancouverites.

The Vision Vancouver nomination meeting will take place Sunday, July 8th at Creekside Community Centre from 10 am to 6 pm.

Ian Campbell is a hereditary Chief with the Squamish Nation, with more than 20 years experience as the lead negotiator for the Squamish with business and senior levels of government. An experienced leader with an EMBA from Simon Fraser University, Ian Campbell has played a key role in the partnership efforts of Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations to build thousands of rental and co-op housing units on their unceded homelands they purchased back from the Federal Government. Unlike most developers, the MSTDC focus is on affordable rental, social and co-op housing, with an emphasis on housing for Indigenous people. He has also been a steadfast advocate on taking action on climate change including opposition of the Transmountain pipeline expansion.

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For media: Michael Haack || michael.haack [at] votevision.ca

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Vision Vancouver acclaims Squamish Nation hereditary Chief Ian Campbell as its mayoral candidate for the 2018 election

A message from Chief Ian Campbell:

I put my name forward to be your mayoral candidate because I see an important opportunity to renew our party, and work together to solve the immense challenges facing our city.

I believe Vision Vancouver continues to be the home where thoughtful, progressive, and passionate voices come together, and it is those voices that need to be heard again - we have a legacy to build upon.

And today, I want to say I am honoured and privileged to be your candidate for mayor.

I also want to say thank you.

Thank you to our members and supporters who share a love for our great city and a commitment to our party.

Thank you to all of our incumbents, and especially to Mayor Gregor Robertson, whose passion and commitment to public service has left a legacy to be proud of - on greening our economy, reconciliation, sustainable transportation, a compassionate response to the opioid crisis, and so much more.

Ours is a record to be proud of. And we know there’s more to do.

Our job is to run a strong election campaign this fall, to ensure we don’t let Ken Sim and the NPA turn the clock back on all the progress we’ve made. We must grow the party, build our membership, raise funds and put forward a strong, progressive agenda for the city we love and the people who call this place home.

I’m here to do that.

But I won’t be doing this alone! We are building a strong, diverse, and passionate Vision team to engage with all Vancouverites in this October election. When I see the candidates seeking our party’s nomination for School Board, Park Board, and Council, I am proud of who we are and what we stand for.

We will work alongside all of Vancouver’s progressive voices to ensure that we can build on the important work we’ve done. Too much is at stake in October to do otherwise.

Vancouver is a great city. Vision is a great party. I am proud to stand as your candidate for mayor. And I look forward to working together on the issues that matter most to our city.

Meet Ian:

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Vision Vancouver signs agreement with VDLC in advance of October election

June 4, 2018

Vision Vancouver has signed onto an agreement with the Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC) as part of larger agreement with progressive parties in advance the October election.

“The best course for delivering a progressive majority is for us to work alongside other progressive voices,” said Michael Haack, Co-Chair of Vision Vancouver. “The five parties involved are all distinct - we agree on some things and we may disagree on others - but what we agree on is this: the issues facing Vancouverites are big enough that we need to keep working together to solve them.”

“Our shared goal in this election is to keep progressive leadership at every level of local government to deliver on the issues that matter most, and that’s what this agreement is about,” said Haack.

“Vision Vancouver is proud of our progressive leadership on Council, School Board and Park Board over the past decade,” said Haack. “Unlike the NPA, who have - as they have frequently done in their history - shown they care more about their own personal and party interests and in fighting with each other, we are pleased that progressive parties have decided to cooperate in this manner, and put the future of the city first.”

“The threat posed by the NPA should not be underestimated. Under Ken Sim’s leadership, it will be the same old NPA that want to turn the clock back on affordable housing, sustainable transportation and building a fair and strong local economy,” said Haack. “Vision has accomplished a lot in the last decade, and we can’t stop now.”

Vision thanks the VDLC for its work in supporting progressive parties and its commitment to progressive leadership at all levels of local government.

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For media: Michael Haack || michael.haack [at] votevision.ca

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New Leader, But Same Old NPA

June 4, 2018

After a contentious nomination race, the NPA have elected a mayoral candidate that still represents more of the same old NPA, say Vision Vancouver Co-Chair Michael Haack. 

“The NPA has chosen to run Ken Sim in the fall election," said Haack. "But Sim’s non-existent record on tackling the key challenges facing our city - and his choice to run with a party that has failed to support critical action on housing, the opioid crisis and more, year after year - tells us everything we need to know going into October. It’s the same NPA we’ve come to expect, with the same billionaire backers who want to make sure big money stays in politics.

“There is a reason no one’s heard of Ken Sim. Mr. Sim has no experience in public service, and no record of putting anyone but himself first. The one thing we do know: he has made it clear he will not stand up for Vancouver, or for protecting our coast and the jobs that depend on our environment.

“The NPA is a divided and dysfunctional party, and Ken Sim and the NPA are just not what our city needs. Vancouver is at a crossroads. This is a critical moment in our city’s history, one that requires strong and innovative leadership – not backtracking. And it is clear that the NPA want to take our city backwards.”

"Vancouver has accomplished a lot in the last decade, including massive investments in sustainable transportation, housing, green space and parks, and the sustained growth of our local economy. But we all know there is more to do to ensure our city remains a place people can afford to live and thrive." 

Vision Vancouver will announce next steps in the party's mayoral nomination process in the days ahead.

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For media: Michael Haack || michael.haack [at] votevision.ca

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Statement from Vision Vancouver on Taleeb Noormohamed’s decision to exit mayoral nomination race

May 31, 2018

Taleeb Noormohamed announced today that due to health concerns, he is exiting the Vision Vancouver mayoral nomination race.

While this is disappointing news, the Vision Vancouver Board of Directors deeply respects Taleeb’s personal decision, and wishes him a fast recovery and ongoing good health. Decisions like this are never easy.

In the short time that Taleeb has participated in this race, his passion and commitment to Vision and to Vancouver was clear. His campaign advanced new ideas, and encouraged and facilitated a healthy conversation about a future of our city that is inclusive, sustainable and affordable.

Vision thanks Taleeb for his contribution to our party, and we look forward to continuing to work with him as we move towards the fall election.

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Read Taleeb Noormohaned’s full statement here

For the media: Michael Haack || michael.haack [at] vote vision.ca

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Vision Vancouver opens nomination process for 2018 mayoral campaign

After receiving multiple expressions of interest from potential candidates for mayor, Vision Vancouver announced today that it will open nominations for a Vision Vancouver candidate for mayor in the upcoming 2018 municipal election.

 “Vancouver is at a critical moment, and the out-of-touch NPA are gearing up to take Vancouver in the wrong direction, whether it’s cancelling the empty homes tax or ripping out bike lanes,” said Vision Vancouver Co-Chair Michael Haack.  “Based on the level of interest from candidates committed to Vision Vancouver, our members, and our principles, now is the right time for Vision to open the formal nomination process for a Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate.

“We believe there are potential candidates interested in running as Vision’s mayoral candidate who would appeal to a broad segment of progressive voters in Vancouver and are best positioned to defeat the NPA in October.”

In late March, Vision Vancouver issued a public call for those interested in a run for mayor to inform the party if they wished to seek the support of Vision Vancouver members, including independent mayoral candidates, or mayoral candidates from other political parties.

Haack said the party was contacted by a variety of potential candidates interested in running for mayor, including several considering a run under the Vision Vancouver banner. After consideration and discussion, the Board made the decision this week to open a formal nomination race to candidates who want to run as a Vision mayoral candidate in the upcoming election.

The Board spent many weeks carefully discussing various scenarios, including the options of endorsing an independent candidate, or a candidate from another party, and their ability to run a competitive, city-wide campaign.

"Vision received expressions of interest from independents and candidates from other parties seeking Vision's endorsement for mayor, and considered each one carefully,” said Haack. “However, with less than six months to the election, it is clear that none of the potential candidates has emerged as a consensus choice, and to date have not been able to secure cross-party support, which would be essential to the success of an independent campaign.

“While Vision is launching its mayoral nomination process, we have yet to determine the number of seats we will run for Council, Park and School Board, or to finalize our policy platform. We will continue discussions with other progressive parties on opportunities for collaboration in the upcoming campaign to defeat the NPA in October."

Vision has set a deadline of May 11 for potential mayoral candidates to submit their nomination package. Candidates who would like to run for mayor need to officially request a package through the form on the vision webpage at http://www.votevision.ca/nominations.

Vision Vancouver will hold a nomination vote for the mayoral candidate on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Further details will be announced at a later date.

Vision continues to accept applications for nomination from candidates for Council, School Board and Park Board. A nomination date for Vision members to select candidates for Council, School and Park Board has not been set yet.

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For media:

Michael Haack || michael.haack [at] votevision.ca

Coree Tull || coree.tull [at] votevision.ca

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